Mid Week Distraction No.1

i come across a lot of things during my week that don’t necessarily fit into the category of These Things or Nice Things, but that i usually tweet about or just email to my friends. that’s one of the main ways that i, too, discover interesting and/or enjoyably distracting things online – especially from…

Pete Cromer

birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator…

These Things No.62

this is a home edition of These Things – a Home Things, if you will. at the moment my mind is quite preoccupied with making our place look nice. we live in a one bedroom flat in Sea Point, a suburb of Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard – literally…

Rebekah Miles

my husband just returned from an extended trip to LA and he brought back some lovely gifts, including a ceramic piece by artist Rebekah Miles. she is a new discovery to me (of course some immediate googling ensued) and i really enjoyed delving into her unique ceramic creations as well as…

Goodies No.21

Nice Things No.21! just click through to be taken to the sweet stuff. Some Things Take Time print Remember Your True North print

Magnolia Antic

i imagine the woman who wears clothing from Barcelona based Magnolia Antic to be very, very refined. an Audrey Hepburn type who smells like, well, magnolias possibly. shop the collection here and if you’re in Barcelona visit their shop here.

Moving Mountains

the very talented Syrette Lew of Moving Mountains just released some new pieces that debuted at this year’s NY Design Week. that Confetti Credenza is on a-n-o-t-h-e-r level. i actually gasped when i saw it. you can see all her work on her website – including descriptions of each piece.

Studio Arhoj

remember those insanely cute ceramic Ghosts i posted about? well i revisited Studio Arhoj to see what they’ve been up to, and luckily for us there is a new SS 2014 collection to peruse. founded by Anders Arhoj in Tokyo in 2006, the studio is now based in Copenhagen. they make all…

Goodies No.20

Nice Things No.20! just click through to be taken to the sweet stuff. everything by Mara Hoffman for Anthro tassel earrings by EPPUU

Rennes Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. thanks for entering! – i’ve been looking forward to this giveaway, because i have long been an admirer of Rennes. working from her studio in Boston, Julia has been designing and sewing all her own designs since 2008. she is well known for her exquisite bags and…

These Things No.60

These Things No.60! this feels like it should be momentous, or something. i actually calculated how long i have been blogging the other day, and it’s been 5 years (and 2 months) since i started this olde blog. so, that is kind of momentous i suppose. but even more momentous is…

LaMalconttenta

LaMalconttenta is a spanish brand by designer Lydia de la Piñera, who is one of those multi-talented people who illustrates, makes jewellery, ceramics and prints. you can buy all these sweet things at her online shop. I studied graphic design artistic photography and digital media. However, I was always enjoyed…

Association

i distinctly remember really loving & pinning away the beautiful Portland home of John and Jen Vitale that was featured on Freunde von Freunden last year. so imagine my delight (more things ought to be delightful) when Jen emailed me about their new venture Association – a lifestyle shop that offers items…

Gift Guide No.4

i received a comment the other day from a fellow south african asking for more local gift ideas, which made me pause and reflect for a second. personally i only buy local products for christmas. i think we have amazing designers & makers and i am lucky enough to live…

Gift Guide No.3

i traversed the deep, dark corners of Etsy to find some cool gift ideas for you. it’s one of the few places that i regularly purchase from as an international buyer. talking directly to the shop owner is convenient, and you can sometimes ask them to leave the price off…